The top 10 players returning to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for the 2020 college football season.
Important to note that this list is based upon last year's data and film from on each specific team as well as judgment based upon the player's position both his skill and the level of talent around him at the said position and influential cohorts. Positional value also plays a large factor in these rankings as does the offensive or defensive scheme.
1. Justin Henderson, RB
2. Kody Russey, C
3. Milton Williams, DE
4. Adrian Hardy, WR
5. Ezekiel Barnett, LB
6. Griffin Herbert, WR
7. Willie Allen, T
8. Willie Baker, LB
9. Joshua Mote, G
10. Trey Baldwin, LB
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Graham, WR; Smoke Harris, RB; Isreal Tucker, RB
Needing just 187 carries to topple the 1,000-yard plateau last season, Henderson is a strong candidate to hit the 1,500-yard mark this fall. He's a talented runner in space and routinely carves his own lanes through the slightest crease. He can shift gears at the blink of an eye and will once again have the benefit of running off Russey in 2020.
Russey is a great pass protector but perhaps one of the better run-blocking centers in the country. He'll pave the way and open gaps for Henderson and Tucker once again.
Hardy, Herbert, Graham and Harris will be heavily reliant upon their new quarterback after years with J'Mar Smith. Hardy is the best of the group, returning after a down season saw him record just 42 receptions for 533 yards. He's got 1,000-yard potential in his bag and is a big, shifty receiver in space. Herbert is the contested catch guy while Graham and Harris both present troubles for defenses as Harris is too shifty for big cornerbacks to follow and Graham brings with him that Power-5 pedigree after a few seasons with TCU.
Williams recorded seven sacks a season ago but also got home with a ton of other pressures. He should once again lead the team in pressures while the linebackers of Barnett, Baker and Baldwin will have to routinely shut down the interior, intermediate passing ranges while they account for the loss of Amik Robertson at cornerback. They can do such a thing as each of them saw success in coverage in 2019.